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[kuh n-sur-vuh n-see] /kənˈsɜr vən si/

noun, plural conservancies.
of natural resources.
an association dedicated to the protection of the environment and its resources.
British. a commission regulating navigation, fisheries, etc.
noun (pl) -cies
(in Britain) a court or commission with jurisdiction over a river, port, area of countryside, etc
another word for conservation (sense 2)

1755, “commission with jurisdiction over a port or river,” from Latin conservant-, present participle stem of conservare (see conserve) + -cy. Earlier was conservacy (mid-15c., Anglo-French conservacie). Meaning “official preservation of undeveloped land” dates from 1859 (first reference is to protection of bo trees in Ceylon).


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